(Romantic Fantasy, 2006) Book Two in the Warlands TrilogyWow! Warsworn is the second book in the Warlands Trilogy and it was so gripping and emotional. I loved every page of this book. For a long time I refused to read books in first person perspective. This was one of those series that I foolishly passed on the first time I looked into them when I discovered they were fantasy romances.
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I read the first one, Warprize last month and thought it was an amazing book. The other day I picked up Warsworn, after starting three books and not connecting with them to stay with either of them, but Warsworn drew me right in. It picked up exactly where the first one, Warprize, left off. It could pretty much just be a new chapter in the same book!
Just a quick recap of Warprize. We are introduced to Xylara. She is a master healer, and after secretly watching her tend to one of his injured warriors, Keir, Warlord of the people of the Plains, claims her as his Warprize, thereby creating a truce providing she agrees. Lara and Keir discover that love has grown between them. I loved watching them learn each other in the first book, discovering that though they may be of different peoples, they were not so very different on the inside, where it matters most. Warprize had one of the best endings.
As they travel toward Keir's homeland, they happen across a village. At first thinking the village is going against the peace treaty by not allowing them entrance, they plan to break through the gates and lay waste to the people. But Lara, realizes that something far more horrible is happening beyond the walls. Plague. And as events unfold and Keir's people are exposed to this terrible thing called Plague, something his people have never heard of, doubt begins to settle among some of them.
Iften, who we met in Warprize, despises Keir for wanting to unite their people and the Xyian people. So he thinks to use this plague against Keir to help him gain the position he so covets as the Warlord. Of course he is thwarted in Warsworn, but he has not given up. Warlord, the conlcusion of this awesome trilogy, will reveal the outcome of Iften's need to take Keir's place as warlord. There are a few other things that need answering to also. I cannot wait to read the final chapter is this series! It is another that I will hold right up there with a few of my other favorite fantasy series like Jeri-Smith Ready and CL Wilson.
The use of the plague was a fascinating way to display the differences between Lara's people and Keir's people with several different aspects of what they believe. Not to mention the emotional level using the plague created. The characters have a realness to them and it's because of their actions. Especially so in Warsworn, with one character in particular. It might not be what you want but it's what would be if it were real life. Sometimes you can't stand and support your friends if you do not believe what they are doing is in the best of interests.
This is definitely a remarkable trilogy. And I can't imagine my views changing when I read the the final book.